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My trip to San Francisco last week was only my second trip since the pandemic started. Before that, my last flight was in December 2019.
That year, I was traveling ALL over the place — New York, London, Paris, Dallas… all the places. And honestly, I’ve always been a little bit proud of myself for packing the things I need when I travel, especially for HOW I travel.
By that I mean, I pick the early flights, I cram lots of stuff into my schedule, I truly wear myself out so I can make the most of my trip, and when it’s over, I feel like I saw and did everything I wanted to.
I am still building up my pre-pandemic travel energy, so this trip to California kind of kicked my ass. On that first night, I literally released a giant sigh when I unzipped my bag and saw the things I packed for myself. Yesssss, I thought.
So, I thought I would share what’s on my cozy packing list — items for top-notch comfort.
Your Favorite Soap
I used to never pack my own soap and I’d just use whatever is in the hotel. But then I went to London, and soap is not something they stock in their hotel rooms. I ended up washing my armpits with shampoo for a week, and while it worked, it ain’t ideal.
Now, I bring my own and I bring the good stuff. At the end of the day, all I want is a hot showed, and if you’ve got nice soap, it really elevates the whole experience.
My favorite travel soap is the Water-Activated Foaming Cleansing Towelettes by Nest — they’re individually wrapped and it’s a built-in washcloth. The lather is so rich and they smell so good! If you’re going to the beach, go for the SU Hair & Body Wash from Davines.
Minty Lotion for Sore Muscles
I always walk SO much when I travel and I prepare to have sore feet and legs. For this, I love the Mary Kay Mint Bliss lotion for feet and legs.
But on this last trip, my neck and shoulders were sore from hauling around a heavy backpack. Luckily, I packed a bottle of Foy CBD Relief Cream and wow, this stuff is amazing!
I put it on my feet, legs, neck, and shoulders and was in an icy-hot lavender haze.
Toss an all-purpose balm into your bag for whatever you may need. A great balm can remove makeup, relieve chapped lips, protect cuts or scrapes, moisturize dry patches, soothe a sunburn, condition your hair, you name it!
My pick is the Kopari Coconut Melt. Go for the mini size — a little goes a long way. I used this on my lips and hands after a day on a sailboat.
Moisturizing Face Masks
We’ve all heard that airplane air dries out our skin. As a result, I always toss a few moisturizing face masks in my toiletry bag. It’s an easy way to pamper yourself at the end of the day, and you’ll wake up with fresh skin ready for a new day of travel.
My favorite moisturizing masks are the Lano Aussie Flyer Mask, Too Cool Egg Cream Mask, and Yes To Coconut Hydrating Mud Mask.
Cozy Pajamas & Slippers
I started packing my slippers everywhere I go probably 2-3 years ago. I always wear them at home, so why was I depriving myself of this luxury when I travel? Plus, they come in handy when you just need to run down the hall for ice 🙂
Before, pajamas were a last-minute choice. Big mistake. You want the comfiest pajamas you’ve got. After a hard day, you need to be cozy. I go for the Skims Waffle Joggers and Boyfriend Longsleeve Tee.
I’m a snacker and I have always packed snacks with me when I travel, but lately they have really come in handy. On my first trip post-lockdown, we were stuck on the airplane for an hour while they changed a tire and hey, they weren’t allowed to serve snacks! This last time, the airport was so packed I couldn’t stop for food before getting on the plane.
I like to pack low-carb cheese crackers, nuts, protein bars, and a good chocolate bar. I divide my stash and put some in my carry on bag and some in my luggage to have for the trip home.
Refillable Water Bottle
Most airports have installed the water bottle fill-up stations, which means you don’t have to buy the bottled stuff. I always pack a refillable bottle and some Liquid I.V. packs, so I’m good to go!
Heating Eye Mask
A heated eye mask is the ultimate way to relax if you ask me. At home, I use one that I can heat in the microwave. If you don’t think you’ll have access to a microwave, go for the single-use heating masks. Perfect for a long flight or before bed.
Mini Medicine Cabinet
I know you can buy whatever you need, but I’ve gotten so particular about the items I like. I prefer to keep a few items in a small cosmetic case just in case I start feeling bad or need something. I keep this kit packed all the time so I can throw it in my purse or my bag.
My kit has: antacid tablets, cold/flu meds, bandaids, pain killers, CBD drops, motion-sickness relief, a sleep aid, eye drops, and allergy meds.
The pandemic has us using all sorts of new things, right? At home, I use cloth masks and wash them. But, I bought a pack of disposable masks to use for travel. It’s easier and I always know I’m wearing a clean mask.
I bring sanitizing hand wipes, and I’ve come to like the sanitizing spray. I love the George & Viv Spray — it fits in a small purse or a back pocket. Mer-Sea & Co. has a similar package.
There you have it! What are some things you pack to make yourself feel as cozy as possible? A friend told me she sometimes pack her own robe!
Let me know in the comments.
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